Businesses in the financial services sector operate in a complex, high stakes environment, under regulatory scrutiny and with fierce competition for talent.
We work with clients to manage risk and protect and grow their businesses on a domestic and international scale. Our multi-disciplinary team encompasses specialists from our employment, dispute resolution, regulatory, intellectual property, banking and corporate practices.
We act for clients across the industry, from some of the largest global banking institutions and hedge funds, to asset managers, insurance companies, as well as acting for the senior executives who lead them.
We advise on the full spectrum of employment and immigration law, from day to day HR advisory, to team moves and restrictive covenants, including the theft of confidential information and trade secrets. We also work with clients to design and advise on partnership structures, executive remuneration and incentive schemes.
If matters become contentious, we have significant experience managing some of the most complex and high value disputes in the sector, with significant expertise in all aspects of injunctive relief, including springboard injunctions, as well as in managing disputes through mediation and arbitration.
Our corporate specialists act for leading financial institutions from a fund-raising and investment perspective, acting for both Venture Capitalists and banks and the companies in which they invest. This work includes fintechs and has an additional focus on the blockchain and crypto space. We also offer the full suite of commercial lending capabilities.
Our commercial and intellectual property team are actively involved in services arrangements for our firm’s clients (including outsourcing), together with addressing their data protection and workplace privacy requirements, including SARs. Our real estate group advises corporate occupiers on a wide range of areas including, investment, property finance, and transactional support as well as specialist advice covering planning, construction, dispute resolution and tax.
We work with an international community of clients, helping them navigate the legal, regulatory or licensing landscape worldwide, through a combination of our own offices and strategic alliances.
Buy Now Pay Later: FCA regulation appears to be looming. What might this mean for those offering this form of payment option?29 October 2021
Businesses that offer regulated credit agreements must be authorised to do so by the UK’s FCA and must comply with relevant FCA rules as well as requirements in the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and subsidiary legislation.
Lewis Silkin — Wendy Saunders. Timothy Leeson and Michael Anderson comment for New Law Journal15 April 2021
Lewis Silkin has announced the hire of Wendy Saunders—a financial services, markets law and regulation expert—as a legal director. Her addition to the team further bolsters the firm’s financial services offering, as well as provides additional expertise for the technology & communications sector.
Lewis Silkin strengthens financial services offering with specialist hire13 April 2021
Lewis Silkin LLP today announces the hire of Wendy Saunders – a financial services, markets law and regulation expert – as a Legal Director. Her addition to the team further bolsters the firm’s financial services offering, as well as provides additional expertise for the technology & communications sector.
Clarifying the boundary of regulated activities: Financial Conduct Authority v 24Hr Trading Academy Ltd29 March 2021
On 25 March 2021, the High Court delivered summary judgment in FCA v 24Hr Trading Academy Ltd regarding breaches of the general prohibition and restriction on financial promotion by a financial education firm. The FCA sought injunctive relief and restitution.
SPACs post-Hill: a blank cheque to growth?29 March 2021
Lord Hill published the “UK Listing Review” on 3 March 2021. This proposed 15 recommendations to the UK Listing regime. This article focuses on those which we all hope may result in a greater number of SPAC listings in London.